MILWAUKEE, WI. — Jefferson Keel is elected to serve as President of the National Congress of American Indians.
He is the lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation and former two-term president of the National Congress of American Indians, is committed to the service of Indian people. A decorated Vietnam veteran, Keel has served for 18 years as lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation, based in Ada, Oklahoma.
“Strong leadership is absolutely necessary for us to fulfill our duty to Indian Country. In this era of continually decreasing funding to, NCAI must be pro-active, well organized and dedicated to restoring adequate funding for tribes,” said Keel.
Harold Frazier, President of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, who finished third in the running said, “I would like to thank all of those who chose to support me in the opportunity to play a larger role in NCAI. I am grateful to the Tribal council, employees, the Great Plains tribal leaders and most importantly, the people of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. The show of support and number of volunteers was incredible and is a testament to what we can do when we all work together. We definitely showed up proud and left proud.
Unfortunately, the ballots favored tribes that had large revenues with smaller amounts of land. That is what Indian country looks like today. I will continue to fight for the Federal government to recognize their trust responsibilities and influence NCAI to represent the tribes that constitute the majority of the native population.”